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Festival of Architecture

Festival of Architecture

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  • Fri 14 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 15 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sun 16 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Mon 17 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Tue 18 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Wed 19 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Thu 20 Sep ’18, 3:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Fri 21 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
  • Sat 22 Sep ’18, 8:30am – 5:30pm
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Ellen Melville Centre, Cnr High St & Freyberg Plce, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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The XX Chilean Architecture & Urbanism Biennial on ‘Unpostponable Dialogues’ invited international academics, professionals and activists to reflect on critical issues. This jury-selected exhibition for the Special Projects section critiqued architecture’s complicity in detaining ‘alien’ bodies while recognising the smartphone’s role in resisting such detention.

Miniature refugee cabins house phones playing 9 videos – selected by international committee – apprehended through mediating elements of model and headphones. The exhibition design applies theories on empathic and embodied engagement and was mentioned in multiple reviews, with the Biennial Creative Director acknowledging PhoneHome as a “key” project questioning the “fragile dimension of human-habitat”. Other exhibitors in this section included Alejandro Aravena, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Paul Virilio, Alfredo Jaar and Andrés Jaque

Jane’s Walk
14 (4.00pm) & 15 (1.30pm) September, Betty Wark Room
Women in Urbanism invite you to join walking tour guide Alex Bonham and urban planner Ellie Craft for a walk around central Auckland. We will consider how the streets and spaces we take for granted were originally formed and how they could change again. We will share some stories, insights, and urban planning tools, you bring your imagination and a pencil. Over two hours we will redesign six spots in the city to make them work better for everyone.

Bookings essential.

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Megastructures: The Team Behind Pacifica
15 September, 3.30pm-5.30pm
Pioneer Women’s Hall
Women are not always associated with 'skyscrapers', but have been working on megastructures for decades - with probably the most well-known in the western world being Natalie Griffin de Blois, partner of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (1944-74).

Lorna Hamilton will give an inside look into the project: bringing you up to date with construction progress, her role as Project Architect with 2IC, Joanna Truong, and discuss how she initially picked up the project from a colleague and Architect, Uma Weerakkody.

Te Ao Tangata Hikoi – Universal Design Tour
17 September, 12.30pm–2.00pm
Betty Wark Room
Be guided to ten different sites around Tāmaki Makaurau with descriptions of their history, their existing universal design features and potential future designs. Universal design is about designing for all ages and abilities.

The sites include: Bledisloe Lane, Aotea Square, AUT Sir Paul Reeves Building, the Central City Library Tamaki Pataka Korero, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, High Street, Ellen Melville Building and Freyberg Place, Jean Batten Place, the Queen Street sculptures (Te Waka Taumata O Horotiu and Kaitiaki II) and Queen Street itself.

Freyberg Place & Ellen Melville Centre – The Inside Story
18 September, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Betty Wark Room
Join project manager Lisa Spasic on site for a talk about the complexities, challenges and rewards of delivering the award-winning upgrade of Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place.

Early Women Architects in NZ by Elizabeth Cox
25 September, 5.00-6.30pm
Pioneer Women’s Hall
“Their Presence Could Work a Revolution”: Early Women Architects in New Zealand Who were the women who trained and worked as architects in Aotearoa in the 1900s-1940s? In this period, a sector of the New Zealand community began to call for women to become architects in New Zealand. This presentation explores why, and tells the stories of those who answered the call.

How did they contribute to the field and why have they disappeared from our architectural history today? Elizabeth Cox is an architectural and social historian who has been working with these questions and more. She will be touring Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland to share her findings and her enthusiasm for this country's architectural history.


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